Are eggs fattening? And is it true that they're bad for your heart? Mark, London, England

Here's the skinny on eggs: A single large egg has 75 calories, 63% of which comes from the 5 grams of fat that each contains. So, does that mean they're "fattening?" That depends on how many you eat over a given period of time.

The calories alone won't cause you exceed your daily limit, which for most adults falls somewhere between 1600 and 2800 calories, depending on your age, sex, body weight, and level of physical activity. Even a three-egg omelet isn't a huge caloric hit, relatively speaking, even though it's likely to be cooked in butter (more fat). However...

The percentage of fat in eggs is above desirable levels. Current dietary guidelines suggest that you should limit fat calories to about 30% of your total daily intake. That doesn't mean that you should never eat foods with higher percentages of fat, but obviously, the more high-fat foods you eat, the more difficult it will be to hit that 30% target. Still, if you ate just an egg or two per day, the high percentage of fat could be balanced by a generally low-fat diet. However...

Judging by your followup question, you've heard that eating eggs can contribute to heart disease. The facts are these: A single egg contain about 215 milligrams of cholesterol, which is two-thirds of the recommended daily allowance for healthy adults (300mg). High levels of blood cholesterol have been linked to heart disease. And although eating cholesterol (dietary cholesterol) doesn't necessarily lead directly to higher cholesterol production (blood cholesterol), foods rich in cholesterol often contain more fat and, specifically, saturated fat, which have been tagged as culprits in raising cholesterol. So...

The consensus seems to be that 3 or 4 eggs per week is a reasonable amount, with the yolks being the operative factor. If you eat just the egg whites, you can have many more and still stay within sensible dietary limits.

What's the difference between a "Parfum" and an "Eau de Parfum"?

Most perfumes are complex combinations of natural materials, such as essential oils from plants, and synthetic products that increase the lasting power and heighten the smell. Alcohol is used as a liquid base for perfume, and the ratio of alcohol to scented perfume concentrates determines what the final concoction is labeled.

From highest concentration to least, the different forms of perfume are:
  • Perfume, also called extract or extrait perfume, can include 15-40% perfume concentrates. This is the purest form of scented product and is the most expensive as a result.

  • Eau de parfum contains about 7-15% perfume concentrates. This is the most popular and common form of perfume. It provides a long-lasting fragrance and generally doesn't cost as much as extract perfume.

  • Eau de toilette has around 1-6% perfume concentrates. This makes for a light scent that doesn't linger as long as the more intense versions. It was originally intended to be a refreshing body splash to help people wake up in the morning.

  • Eau de cologne is sometimes used interchangeably with the term eau de toilette. However, the concoction began as the name of a light, fresh fragrance mixed with citrus oils and was made popular by Napoleon. Some perfumers today have a version of this called eau fraiche.
While these are the main classes of perfume, other products are frequently scented with perfume concentrates too. Lotions, creams, powders, body splashes, aftershaves, soaps, and other cosmetic products may contain variable (though usually small) amounts of fragrance.

Home Espresso Machine

Espresso coffee is a highly popuar choice of beverage for the large majority of us. This is partly because it contains caffeine which fires up our brain every morning. Many people also make coffee at home as one of the first things they do when they get up.

Consumers into coffee will concur that a coffee espresso machine is a piece of equipment that will make a top quality cup of espresso. However, quite a few of these people don't actually own a home espresso machine which is quite surprising really. There are a number of different fundamental types of espresso machine, ranging from fully automatic right through to manual machines.

Semi Automatic Espresso Machine - A semi automatic espresso machine is ideal for use in the home. It produces a single cup of coffee each time and you choose the level of coffee grounds that go into each cup, so you have control over how strong each cup of coffee you are making is.

Fully Automatic Espresso Machine - If you are making a lot of cups of coffee on a daily basis, you might look to buy something faster. Something like a fully automatic espresso machine will do the job perfectly. Simply pour the espresso coffee beans in and then press a button to produce the cup of coffee as and when required.

Traditional Espresso Stovetop Machine - A traditional way to make espresso coffee is to use a stovetop home machine with a pot that has compartments. You put water into the bottom compartment and coffee into the upper compartment. Once the water reaches boiling point, steam rises up into the coffee.

As you can see, there are a large typpe of home espresso machine on the market. All you need to do is choose the one type that best suits your needs. Also it is worth considering how much space you have available in your kitchen prior to purchase. It's worth taking some time to consider what home espresso machine to buy as it is something you will probably use every day.

Which 2007 Celebrity Hairstyle Is For You?

Searching for the 2007 Celebrity Hairstyle for you? If you decide to go for super star style then make sure you do your research. What looks great on the longish face of Gwyneth Paltrow might not be good for you. When you do your celebrity watch, look for one whose face shape is closest to your own.

Not all hairstyles, however trendy, will suit everyone. Whether a hairstyle looks good really does depend on the structure of the face. Celebrity hairstyles change constantly, don't forget they are likely to have a team of professionals looking after their hair. You may have to live with yours a bit longer so it's essential that you find a style that suits you well.

Look in celebrity and fashion magazines or surf the internet looking for a 2007 celebrity hairstyle that will go with the shape of your face. If your face is long and thin then unfortunately the long and sexy waves favored by Jessica Alba are not for you. However, if long hair is your thing some celebrities are having it cut shorter and wispier at the front and longer at the back. That way you would offset a long face. Or go for a layered medium length style like Heather Locklear. This is extremely versatile because you can wear it up or down, on your face or off.

At the other end of the scale, short hair is back big time, on the catwalks this year. If your face is shaped like Kylie Minogue's then go for short, wispy hair this season. You'll be right up to date as well as sexy and stylish.

Short hair comes and goes, it is never entirely out of date, from Twiggy in the sixties, to Halle Berry the look has been used with great success.

Overall, its very important to consider the size and shape of your face, before you jump into a new 2007 celebrity hairstyle.

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